Manic Monday – The Bangles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………….on September 14th of 1985 recording sessions for The Bangles’ second album, “Different Light” wrap up at the Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California. The LP will produce the band’s first of three Billboard number one hits, “Manic Monday” which was written by Prince under the pen-name Christopher. Prince discovered the Bangles after coming across the video for one of their early singles, “Hero Takes a Fall,” on MTV. He showed up at a Bangles gig in Los Angeles, then joined them onstage at The Fillmore, where he played on their song “Hero.” Prince put together a very special mixtape for the group – one with two original songs he had written and wanted them to record. The Bangles recorded “Manic Monday” with the appropriate trepidation that comes with a song written by a superstar. Hoffs recalls: “I remember going in and singing that song and being on the mike and it was kind of like red light fever. I knew it was a Prince song and I wanted to do a great job on it. I remember David (producer David Kahne) was really excited; you pick up on those vibes and it’s just the best feeling in the world. Recording is so psychological, there’s so much pressure, because there’s a lot at stake and you want to make sure you do your very best to get it captured on tape. It was taped back then. We didn’t have ProTools, so you were always in danger of destroying something that was good already. Prince came to our rehearsal after the record was done, and he was really thrilled with how it came out. I think he might have said something like, ‘Oh, I was surprised you guys didn’t use my track,’ or something. But he was very happy with it.” The week ending April 19, 1986, Prince’s song “Kiss” was #1 on the Hot 100, while “Manic Monday,” which he co-wrote, was #2. The song reached #2 in the UK.